The militarization of the many bureaus of federal regulators should be a concern to all Americans. From the Social Security Administration to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Department of Homeland Security, and others, there is a disturbing trend for federal agencies which have historically not been armed, to now acquire ammunition and/or weaponry. The latest agency to follow this trend is the Department of Agriculture, which is reportedly seeking to purchase submachine guns.
A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks “the commercial acquisition of submachine guns [in] .40 Cal. S&W.”
According to the solicitation, the Dept. of Agriculture wants the guns to have an “ambidextrous safety, semiautomatic or 2 round [bursts] trigger group, Tritium night sights front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore group) and scope (top rear), stock collapsible or folding,” and a “30 rd. capacity” magazine.
The timing of this request is peculiar, considering it is taking place in the wake of the highly publicized standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
“It seems that the USDA, which oversees America’s vast tracks of forested land, may be preparing itself in the event some cowboys want their heads of cattle to munch government-owned grass,” the website stated.
Bundy gained national attention in April during an armed standoff in Nevada over cattle grazing rights.
Below is a screenshot of the official solicitation from the U.S.D.A. (Click to expand)
If there is a legitimate need, the American people deserve an explanation. Until then, Congress should request a list of all agencies that have been armed, what they are armed with and how much ammunition they have.
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